Epson Power Lite 680 review

The Epson Power Lite 680 is an ultra-short-throw installation projector for classrooms and meeting rooms, featuring 3LCD projection technology, XGA resolution and 3500 lumens. This is a lamp-based projector, with a rated lamp life of 5,000 hours at full power, 10,000 hours at ECO and 9,000 hours at ECO2. For business and educational purposes, this allows you to get several years of continuous use before you need to replace the lamp.

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The Power Lite 680 weighs 12.6 pounds and can be mounted on a table or wall. I would suggest mounting it on the wall above the projector screen, because when I tested this projector I had to place it a foot above the floor to fill my screen, which is two feet nine inches off the ground. This would be a disaster in a classroom, where there is a lot of foot traffic and noisy children who could of course bump into the projector by accident.

Epson’s Power Lite line is more than extensive. In this family alone, you have home theater and business/education projectors that range from very affordable to very expensive. Ready for the numbers? The Power Lite family has over three hundred and fifty projectors! There’s a lot to choose from, and that only speaks to the Power Lite series. With such a wide range of projectors and multiple families, Epson is sure to have one to suit your needs.

This particular projector has a suggested retail price of $1,160. It’s not the cheapest, nor does it have the best resolution, but what you’re paying for is 3LCD technology and more features than other similarly priced projectors. It also handles ambient light extremely well, so consider that a huge plus for the Power Lite 680. My first thought when I turned this guy on was, “This projector is BRIGHT.” The projector lit up the entire room, which was largely darkened to measure lumens. I was impressed.


Epson PowerLite 680 Specs
Price $1,160
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1024×768
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3500
Contrast 14000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio None
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 5,000 Hours
Weight 12.6
Warranty 2 Year Limited Warranty, 90-Day Lamp Limited Warranty


The suggested retail price of the Epson PowerLite 680 is $1,160, but I found it online for $1,000. That’s not a huge discount, but I’d still consider it and the MSRP to be a good value for the feature set. Details on this are available in the Highlights section below, with a more in-depth discussion on the special features page.

This projector has more than enough inputs and connectors for all your business or educational needs. Three HDMI inputs, wired LAN, audio ports, a VGA connector, RS-232C port and more. It has a 16 watt speaker which is quite loud for medium to medium sized classrooms and conference rooms.

The Power Lite 680 has an XGA resolution (1024 x 768), which is not the best, but is acceptable for business and educational applications such as presentations. Only those in the first few rows could really differentiate between XGA, WXGA (1280 x 800), or HD (1920 x 1080), so lower resolution isn’t much of an issue. Unless you may be a movie teacher or will mainly use the projector to display movies and videos.

If so, you should probably go for a home entertainment or home theater projector, or a higher resolution business/education projector as you will be disappointed in the picture quality. The XGA resolution has larger pixels than the others mentioned, but again, they should only really be visible to those in the first few rows.

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  • Claim 3500 lumens, more than enough for meeting rooms and classrooms with plenty of ambient light
  • 3LCD projection technology produces excellent colors
  • Resolution XGA (1024 x 768)
  • 16 watt speaker
  • Compatible with interactive whiteboards
  • It can be easily mounted on the wall.
  • Durable, low-maintenance lamp
  • Ultra Short Throw Projection
  • USB Plug-and-Play Mouse, Audio and Projection Control
  • Can be used simultaneously by multiple presenters
  • Local network port and wireless network support
  • Crestron RoomView ready and Control4 . compatible
  • Monitor and control the projector via a remote network computer
  • Digital magnification
  • 14,000:1 contrast ratio and auto iris
  • Instant power off, instant power on
  • Manual keystone distortion correction (horizontal and vertical)
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty, 90 Day Limited Lamp Warranty
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